The flowering crab apples, Malus Rosaceae, are excellent floral trees with the added bonus of small usually edible fruit. The Malus Red Sentinel above has a profusion of small hard red autumn fruit that can be admired in the garden, left to feed birds, converted into a jelly or added to other food dishes. Crab apples generally contain a deal of pectin and are seldom eaten uncooked.
Favourite Crab Apple Varieties
- Golden Hornet is a small tree with white flowers producing a large crop of small yellow fruit.
- John Downie perhaps the best fruiting large conical crab apples of bright orange to red.
- Jay Darling is ornamental with large, deep red flowers and crimson tinted foliage.
- Eleyi has purpleish shoots and very decorative purpleish fruit in Autumn. Slightly later flowering and a good pollinator.
- Profusion is a fragrant hybrid with large wine red clustered flowers. Ox-blood red fruit make this one of the best Crab Apples.